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Trust endorses Hayden Wano's new appointment

The Midlands Regional Health Network Charitable Trust Board (the Trust), alongside the Pinnacle Group, wish to congratulate Hayden Wano for his appointment as Chair of the Initial Mental Health and Wellbeing Commission, which is set to be established in November this year.

"The Trust fully supports Hayden in his appointment having enjoyed many years working alongside him as chief executive of Tui Ora, a founding member of the Trust and a key partner for service delivery in Taranaki," says Trust Chairman, Craig McFarlane.

Hayden will continue as chief executive at Tui Ora, with the full support of his board, a sentiment shared by the Trust. 

"The Trust thrives because of the wealth of experience fed in by our founding partners, community representatives, and health professionals. Having this connection between the Trust and the Commission can only do good things in our pursuit of superior health and wellbeing outcomes for the Midland region, particularly for those most vulnerable," says Craig.

"The initial commission has been asked to look at the wider range of factors that contribute to people's overall mental wellbeing. This has strong alignment with one of the Trust's strategic imperatives to support community-based intervention and contribute to the evidence around the benefits of services delivered closer to home," adds Craig.

Read Tui Ora's media release on Hayden's appointment.

About the Initial Mental Health and Wellbeing Commission

The re-establishment of the Commission was a key recommendation of the Inquiry into Mental Health and Addiction. The initial commission will lay the groundwork for the permanent Mental Health and Wellbeing Commission in February 2021, following legislation to set up the crown entity.

The initial commission will:

  • provide independent scrutiny of the Government's progress in improving New Zealand's mental health and wellbeing
  • promote collaboration between mental health and wellbeing entities
  • develop advice for the permanent Mental Health and Wellbeing Commission so it can make swift progress once it has been established, including a work programme, outcomes and monitoring framework.

The other members of the commission are Dr Julie Wharewera-Mika, Kevin Hague, Kelly Pope and Kendall Flutey.

For more information read the official release from the Government on

About the Midlands Regional Health Network Charitable Trust Board

Established in 2010, the trust focuses on a regional approach to delivering outstanding primary health services.

The trust is the primary health organisation within the Pinnacle Group. It works closely with the Midland DHBs (Lakes, Tairāwhiti, Taranaki and Waikato) to develop a holistic system for better health outcomes across primary, community and secondary health care.

The key founding partners include:

  • Pinnacle Incorporated
  • Te Hauora o Turanganui a Kiwa - a Māori primary care health provider for four Iwi entities of Turanga based in Gisborne
  • Ngā kōrero a Tui Ora - the largest community-based health and social services provider in Taranaki.

The Trust operates as a not for profit charitable trust providing stewardship of the regional primary care plan, as developed and supported by the founding partners, and community representatives.

The key strategic initiatives of the Trust are:

  • leveraging the power of our regional collective talent, knowledge, economies, capability, influence on the national system
  • high quality services and actions
  • striving for superior health outcomes for our population in the Midland region, particularly those most marginalised/vulnerable
  • high performance from the health providers we work with
  • positively impacting on national health targets
  • continued success of our individual organisations/members
  • supporting community-based intervention, while contributing to the evidence around the benefits of services delivered closer to home.

View the Trust board members

2018 Midlands Regional Health Network Charitable Trust Annual Report. PDF 230.16 kB

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